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31 May 2017 description

Date of Issue: 31 May 2017

Operation start date: 15 January 2016

Operation end date: 28 February 2017

Description of the disaster   

24 Jan 2017 description

Appeal history:

  • IFRC allocated CHF 158,459 from DREF on 15 January 2016 to support MRCS in provision of food and unconditional cash grants for 1,500 households affected by dzud, and the mobilization and deployment of 13 NDRT members and one RDRT member.

17 Oct 2016 description
report IRIN

By Nina Wegner

As world leaders prepare to meet in Morocco next month for climate change talks, herders in Mongolia have taken the initiative to save their ecosystem and way of life – and they’ve borrowed a page from their communist past to do so.

Read the full report on IRIN

14 Oct 2016 description

ULAANBAATAR, 14 October 2016 – Curbing deaths from disasters requires local authorities and other community partners to raise their capacity to manage risks and thereby ensure safe and sustainable development for their citizens. In Mongolia, the government has committed not only to national action but also to fostering cities’ capacity.

11 Oct 2016 description

By Gurvinder Singh, IFRC

Thousands of nomadic herder families lost their only livelihood after extreme winter conditions, or dzud, struck Mongolia last year and decimated their livestock. The disaster has also caused anxiety and fear among children, as concerns about the risk of violence, poverty and migration triggered stress within the affected herder families.

29 Sep 2016 description

By: Jasmine Neve, IOM Mongolia

Mongolia – Nyamdulam and her family had been herders in Zavkhan Province, in remote north-west Mongolia for Nyamdulam’s whole life. In Zavkhan Province, Nyamdulam’s family had over 300 head of livestock including sheep, yak, camels, cows and horses. As is the case for many Mongolians, their livestock were their whole livelihood.

30 Aug 2016 description

USAID is working with herders and local officials to strengthen disaster preparedness and build resilience to disasters that threaten pastoral livelihoods in Mongolia.

26 Aug 2016 description

Published: 25 August 2016 4:07 CET

By Terrence Edwards, IFRC

As they have done for millennia, Mongolian herders continue their ancient nomadic way of life, driving their livestock between pastures, subsisting on a simple diet of dairy and meat.

For generations they have been able to survive in one of the harshest climates in the world, but rising temperatures, desertification and the increasingly erratic weather brought on by climate change are now threatening their livelihood.

05 Aug 2016 description

By Terrence Edwards, IFRC

Thousands of nomadic herder families in Mongolia lost their entire livelihood last winter after extreme weather conditions (known locally as dzud) killed almost a million livestock. In response to the crisis, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal in March to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society in providing food and other vital necessities to the affected population.

25 Jul 2016 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 979,346 (increased from CHF 833,945) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 27,000 people (5,400 households) for 12 months, with a focus on livelihoods including nutrition and food security, and community preparedness and risk reduction. The revised plan reflects an increased number of beneficiaries, an increase in activities, and a refocused geographic scope (from 20 to 17 provinces).

05 Jul 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

04 Jul 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Hear from some of the women who survived the Dzud disaster as UNFPA strives to give them assistance, while they carry on in the aftermath.

It is known that during a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, women and girls are often left vulnerable and their sexual and reproductive health,safety and well-being are put at risk.

24 Jun 2016 description

Dundgobi, southeast Mongolia: From late 2015 to April 2016, Mongolia suffered from what is locally known as a dzud – a very hot and dry summer followed by an extremely harsh winter. The result of dzud can be devastating to animals on which many Mongolians rely for food and income. Ganbold, 40, has been looking after animals since he was a small child. This year’s dzud took a heavy toll on his animals, making them weak and prone to disease. "I am usually prepared well for winter and spring,” he says.

23 Jun 2016 description


  • Since January, 1.1 million of the total 56 million national livestock have perished, affecting 41 per cent of the population who rely on livestock for their main source of food and cash.

  • National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed 6,426 new cases of sheep pox in 37 soums and six aimags this year. Quarantine measures are in place in 16 soums and five aimags. As of 6 June, 314,886 animals have been vaccinated, 78% of the 430,000 livestock targeted for vaccination.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

13 Jun 2016 description


At the end of April, nightly temperatures were around 0 degrees Celsius in the north-western part of Mongolia and several degrees higher during the day. At the same time the provinces of Bayan-Ulgii, Uvs, Govi-Altai, Zavkhan, Khuvsgul, Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Bulgan, Orkhon, Selenge, Darkhan-Uul, Tuv, Khentii, Dornod and Dundgovi had various levels of precipitation and heavy storm.

07 Jun 2016 description

IASC Regional Network for Asia-Pacific

The ongoing humanitarian impact of extreme weather events caused by El Niño, which began in 2015, are likely to continue in many cases in the Asia-Pacific region until the third quarter of 2016. While emergency needs in many countries are waning due to recent rainfalls, in many areas longer-term engagement, in particular around resilience and early recovery is still needed.

03 Jun 2016 description

The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .